Midlotian’s 100 Objects - 1st Dalkeith Boys’ Brigade badge

A reflector from the 1st Dalkeith Boys' Brigade. Photo: Craig Statham/Scran

A reflector from the 1st Dalkeith Boys' Brigade. Photo: Craig Statham/Scran

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This is a reflector issued to Alan Statham whilst a member of the 1st Dalkeith Company of the Boys’ Brigade.

It bears the emblem of the order - an anchor and red cross.

The Boys’ Brigade was founded in Glasgow on October 4, 1883, by Sir William Alexander Smith. From this one company formed in Scotland the BB has grown in to a worldwide movement having worked with millions of children and young people for well over a century.

The first BB camp was held in Tighnabruiach in 1886.

In 1926 the Boys’ Brigade amalgamated with the Boys’ Life Brigade. The Pre-Junior Section formed (now known as Anchor Section) was established in 1977.

The Boys’ Brigade is one of the biggest Christian youth organisations in the United Kingdom with 1,400 companies, 50,000 children and young leaders and 15,000 volunteer leaders.

In its early days the boys attending were required to wear military-type uniforms and drill with dummy rifles.

Photo: Craig Statham/Scran

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